In Kentucky, a homeland security law requires the state’s citizens to acknowledge the security provided by the Almighty God–or risk 12 months in prison.
The law states, “The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God as set forth in the public speeches and proclamations of American Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln’s historic March 30, 1863, presidential proclamation urging Americans to pray and fast during one of the most dangerous hours in American history, and the text of President John F. Kennedy’s November 22, 1963, national security speech which concluded: “For as was written long ago: ‘Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.’”
The law requires that plaques celebrating the power of the Almighty God be installed outside the state Homeland Security building–and carries a criminal penalty of up to 12 months in jail if one fails to comply. The plaque’s inscription begins with the assertion, “The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God.”
Tom Riner, a Baptist minister and the long-time Democratic state representative, sponsored the law.
“The church-state divide is not a line I see,” Riner told The New York Times shortly after the law was first challenged in court. “What I do see is an attempt to separate America from its history of perceiving itself as a nation under God.”
“The church-state divide is not a line I see.” So due to this idiot’s inability to recognize Constitutional truths state government workers are threatened with incarceration for not promoting HIS religious point of view?
Interesting how “freedom” is ONLY applicable to those that think, worship, and love in the “correct” manner as determined by these superstitious small minded asshoels.
Fortunately there are some willing to challenge this in court.
Last week, American Atheists submitted a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to review the law.
Of course, as we well know, this will be seen as an attack on Christianity rather than an attempt to protect the rights of the citizens of Kentucky NOT to have religious views of others crammed down their throats on government property.